Hosting? Yeah, We Nailed It.
In the last few months, we’ve had a whopping 2 visits from friends and family. This is a 100% increase from our 2-year Tanzania visitor rate, so yeah, we’ve learned a thing or two about hosting. Mostly, that we’re awesome at it. You might be wondering what it takes to be a good host. Well, I’m glad you asked.
This is Tiffany. She’s pretty much a star (well, she rubs elbows with stars on the set of Homeland, which is close enough). She’s adventurous, but that’s probably self-evident since she traveled to North Africa on her own and elected to stay at our house for 2 weeks.
Tiffany showered us and our kids with gifts and in in turn, we played tour guide and carted her around Morocco. Had she not brought the gifts, I might have just let her loose in the Rabat medina and called it a week, but I figured we’d at least take a girls’ trip to Fes.
Later, we drove Casablanca to see the national mosque, Hassan II, which is the only one open to non-muslims. It was certainly impressive. I accidentally got us stuck in the Spanish-language tour group though. No biggie, we’ll just do what everyone else does.
We did, in fact, get scammed by the henna artist into paying double the agreed-upon price, but we learned our lesson. While Tiffany was here, we also went to the hammam and got scrubbed down with black soap by a strong Moroccan woman. And we bought lots of pottery that made it home in 1 million pieces. Oh yeah, and a leather bag from Fes that almost made it to Paris before the handle broke. So maybe the trip wasn’t 100% successful. Maybe we weren’t the best hosts. But we sure loved having Tiffany around, that’s for sure.
Next week, stay tuned for more on our less-than-awesome hosting skills as we recount Matt’s parents first visit.